Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land Praises Obama Family Values April 02, 2009 03:11 PM ET | Dan Gilgoff | Permanent Link | Print By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country I spoke today with Richard Land, public policy chief of the Southern Baptist Conventionâ€”the nation's largest evangelical denominationâ€”and was struck by his praise of President Obama for living out "family values": Not enough religious conservatives are saying this: It's terribly important that [Obama] gives every indication of being a moral man who is demonstrably fond of his wife and children. I think that's important in a president, be it a Democrat or a Republican. That's why I said I couldn't vote for Giuliani or Gingrich. I think [Obama's] making a real difference in this country in his example as a model father and husband. So much of George W. Bush's bond with evangelicals was about a personal, faith-based connection that transcended politics. Could the same thing happen with Obama and family-values voters? On a related note: This doesn't auger well for Newt's new effort to organize religious conservatives.